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Mercedes-Benz gives S-class a green heart, opens X-class order books

13.09.2017

Officially revealed at the Shanghai Motor Show earlier this year, Mercedes-Benz has bolstered the S-class range with the addition of a new hybrid model, as well as opening order books in Europe for the new X-class.

S560e

An effective replacement for the old S400 and S500 hybrids, the new S560e, aside from its updated styling, once again comes powered by a 270 kW 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 petrol engine, combined with a 90 kW electric in allowing for an all-electric range of 50 km.

As well as doing away with the old 7G-Tronic automatic gearbox for a hybrid focused version of the new 9G-Tronic unit, the S560e also comes equipped with a new 13.5 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that has remained unchanged in size, meaning an increase in boot space from 395-litres to 410-litres.

According to the Mercedes-Benz, the drivetrain setup, along with a new Eco Assist mode that takes traffic conditions into account and will calculate the fastest route, speed limits and distance using satellite navigation, results in a combined fuel consumption figure of 2.1 L/100 km and emissions of 49 g/km.

In addition, the S560e also comes with pre-entry climate control that activates the ideal temperature as the door is opened, based on the selection made by the driver via the Mercedes me app.

X-class

Heading to South Africa next year, the very first pick-up from the Stuttgart automaker, which uses the same underpinnings as the Nissan Navara and Renault Alaskan, will be offered in three trim levels; Pure, Progressive and Power, and an all turbodiesel engine line-up with only a handful of markets receiving a specially optimised 2.4-litre petrol in the X200.

Using the same coil-spring suspension setup as the Navara with two ground clearance options; 202 mm and 222 m, the latter being the only option for South Africa, the X-class will initially be powered by the same 2.3-litre engine as the Japanese, which in the X220d makes 120 kW and 403 Nm of torque and 140 kW and 450 Nm in the twin-turbocharged X250d.


For the X220d, only a six-speed manual gearbox will be offered though with a choice of rear-or-four-wheel drive, while the X250d features a similar drive setup but with the option of a seven-speed automatic. Due later, the flagship X350d will comes fitted with Mercedes-Benz's venerable 3.0-litre CDI V6 oil-burner, which produces 190 kW and 550 Nm of torque, and is linked to a seven-speed automatic 'box with permanent 4Matic all-wheel drive.

Local pricing is yet to be finalised although the X-class in Germany will kick-off from €37 294 (R582 012).

Article written by Autodealer
13.09.2017
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